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The Other HollywoodReview - The Other Hollywood
The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne
Regan Books, 2005
Review by Dana Vigilante
Jul 11th 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 28)

I've always been a fan of Legs McNeil, so I was definitely psyched when this book arrived. Seven years in the making and over 600 pages long nothing and no one in the porn business is exempt from this gritty, candid view of the industry.

The book begins with the porn industry in the late sixties/early seventies, and takes the reader on a forty-year journey though free-love, AIDS, drugs and alcohol, among other things. Every chapter is filled with input from anyone who is anyone in the business -- Ron Jeremy and John Waters among others as well as some of the top porno actors and actresses. This book has got to be the most brutally honest look at the porno industry throughout the last forty or so years.

Delving into the world of AIDS, movies, videos, drugs, rape and even death (especially the death of Savannah, a gorgeous woman who seemed to self-destruct at an early age), McNeil offers us a glimpse into a world most people never get to see. He takes us from New York to New Jersey, L.A., Vegas and Miami, among other places.

With input from Tommy Lee, who discusses in great detail the story of how the now infamous video of him and then-wife Pamela Anderson having sex on a boat (along with footage of Tommy actually steering the boat with his member) was stolen out of his home, copied and then sold in mass quantities. This book touches on every subject of the porn industry and then some.

While the writing is not for the sensitive, and the language not for the pristine, this book is an excellent look inside the world that manages to rake in billions of dollars each year, a world which attracts characters ranging from the most unlikely (FBI agents) to the most helpless (young prostitutes).

At times comical and at others sad, this is an excellent read for anyone interested in the sex, drugs and rock & roll aspect of the porn industry.

 

2006 Dana Vigilante

Dana Vigilante is a hospice educator as well as an advocate for proper end-of-life care and a certified bereavement group facilitator. Currently writing a book based on interviews with terminally ill hospice patients, she divides her time between New Jersey and San Francisco.


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